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April 2011

Below are the comics, manga and graphic novels I’m most looking forward to based on publisher advance listings due to be released in April 2011 (although actual dates may vary).


Alan Moore: Storyteller
by Gary Spencer Millidge
Universe / Ilex Press
$45.00 / £25

The publisher says:
The definitive book on Alan Moore, renowned as one of the most important talents in contemporary comics and graphic novels, and his trailblazing works of visual storytelling. Alan Moore is one of the most important creative forces in the history of comics. Drawing on new and unpublished interviews, as well as rarely seen art and photos, this is the first book on his work to have Moore’s cooperation and support. Alan Moore: Storyteller is a survey of his expansive work, from his high-profile best sellers to rarely seen experimental projects, such as spoken word and performance art. Individual works are richly illustrated from Moore’s personal archives and paired with critical context. An audio CD will feature excerpts from some of Moore’s multimedia performances and songs.

Paul Gravett says:
While we wait for Gary Spencer Millidge to resume and conclude his sterling suspenseful mystery Strangehaven, I am sure that he will prove to be an ideal, insightful biographer of the Bearded Bard of Northampton. After all, he has already created a brilliant comic-strip life-story of Moore for the introduction to Alan Moore: Portrait of An Extraordinary Gentleman, the 352-page anthology of essays and tributes which he co-edited with Smoky Man and published himself in 2003. This is sure to be a revelatory read, one of the essential books about comics, and storytelling in its multiple forms, to be published this year.



Citizen Rex
by Mario Hernandez & Gilbert Hernandez
Dark Horse
$19.99

The publisher says:
Twenty years ago, the most famous, life-like robot in the world was engulfed in scandal, arrested, and deactivated. Since then, an antirobot movement has developed, while body modification is in and prosthetic limbs have become hot black-market items. Stories like these are the stock in trade of gossip blogger Sergio Bauntin, whose startling revelations earn him the constant scrutiny of both the mob and the city’s mysterious investigators, the Truth Takers. When Sergio catches wind of sightings of the long-missing robot celebrity CTZ-RX-1, all of these interests will collide in violence and intrigue. This hardcover collection also features a new cover by Gilbert, sketches and behind-the-scenes material from Mario and a special pinup from third Hernandez brother Jaime.

Paul Gravett says:
Two of the fraternal trio behind Love and Rockets unleash some of their wildest flights of imagination in this Orwellian power-play, the mini-series now compiled in a fancy hardback.



Congress Of The Animals
by Jim Woodring
Fantagraphics Books
$19.99

The publisher says:
Readers of the ‘Frank’ stories know that The Unifactor is in control of everything that happens to the characters that abide there, and that however extreme the experiences they undergo may be, in the end nothing really changes. That goes treble for Frank himself, who is kept in a state of total ineducability by the unseen forces of that haunted realm. And so the question arises: what would happen if Frank were to leave The Unifactor? That question is answered in Congress Of The Animals, Jim Woodring’s much-anticipated second full-length graphic novel, and first starring his signature character Frank.

Paul Gravett says:
We should be so lucky. After last year’s sublime Weathercraft spotlighting the tragicomic travails of Manhog, here’s another all-original Woodring graphic novel starring the inimitable critter Frank, devoid of all words but encrusted with meaningful symbolism.



Francis Sharp
In The Grip Of The Uncanny: Chapter 1

by Brittney Sabo & Anna Bratton
Black Bottle Press
$10.00

The publisher says:
It’s not easy growing up in rural 1930’s New Jersey, especially when your chores keep getting in the way of your occult fantasies. But when little Francis Sharp’s imagination gets the better of him, he finds himself lost in a much stranger world than he ever knew existed. The woods behind Francis’s house really do hold some unearthly secrets that put the radio stories to shame. Stranded in Valleyghast, a bizarre city of smokestacks and monsters, Francis must rely on an eccentric pair of goblin cousins for help in finding his way back to Jersey. But what mysterious forces conspire to keep him in the grip of the uncanny?

Paul Gravett says:
Another new name to me, how exciting, with her own blend of manga, indie and Euro influences! I just dipped into the first preview chapter she’s kindly made available online and it’s a lively, intriguing all-ages fantasy set-up, attractively crafted and paced. It would have been even more swell if the great cover colouring could have continued inside, but economics probably prevented this. Definitely a talent to watch closely.



Hair Shirt
by Patrick McEown
SefMadeHero
£14.99

The publisher says:
John and Naomi were childhood sweethearts whose lives took them in different directions. As adults, they are reunited by accident and love takes hold again. But the painful memories, secrets and nightmares return. Set in a soulless city where ambition and hope go to die, John stumbles upon his old friend while meandering apologetically through a life he didn’t choose. What he finds is that he is tormented by memories from their youth - and he battle to understand his own feelings while dealing with a young girl whose damage infects and affects everyone around her.

Paul Gravett says:
I’d spotted this gem among the new releases in the young adult Bayou collection on the Gallimard stand at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in France in January 2010. What a delight, this unexpected resurfacing of one of Canada’s most gifted comics creators, working here at a new peak of his powers, set free on a full-length colour graphic novel for the French market. So all credit to SelfMadeHero for snapping this one up, curiously overlooked in the Essentials Awards at this year’s Angoulême.



Howard Chaykin: Conversations
edited by Brannon Costello
University of Mississippi Press
$40.00

The publisher says:
One of the most distinctive voices in mainstream comics since the 1970s, Howard Chaykin has earned a reputation as a visionary formal innovator and a compelling storyteller whose comics offer both pulp-adventure thrills and thoughtful engagement with real-world politics and culture. His body of work is defined by the belief that comics can be a vehicle for sophisticated adult entertainment and for narratives that utilize the medium’s unique properties to explore serious themes with intelligence and wit. Beginning with early interviews in fanzines and concluding with a new interview conducted in 2010 with the volume’s editor, Howard Chaykin: Conversations collects widely ranging discussions from Chaykin’s earliest days as an assistant for such legends as Gil Kane and Wallace Wood to his recent work on titles including Dominic Fortune, Challengers of the Unknown and American Century. As a writer/artist for outlets such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Heavy Metal, he has participated in and influenced many of the major developments in mainstream comics over the past four decades. He was an early pioneer in the graphic novel format in the 1970s, and his groundbreaking sci-fi satire American Flagg! was an essential contribution to the maturation of the comic book as a vehicle for social commentary in the 1980s.

Paul Gravett says:
He’s outspoken, even outrageous, and gives great interview. I should know because I interviewed Chaykin for Escape #14, our Super Powers issue, to tie in with the underexplored American Flagg! sequel series with its hilariously non-PC Soviet satire. This same interview is reprised here along with many more covering his oeuvre to date. There’s a whole lot of Chaykin going on!



Huntingdon, West Virginia: On The Fly
by Harvey Pekar & Summer McClinton
Villard Books
$19.95

The publisher says:
Harvey Pekar changed the face of comics when his American Splendor series replaced traditional slam-bang superhero action with slice-of-life tales of his own very ordinary existence in Cleveland, Ohio, as a file clerk, jazz-record collector, and philosophical curmudgeon. Much as Seinfeld famously transcended sitcom conventions by being “a show about nothing”, Pekar’s deadpan chronicles of regular life - peppered with wry and caustic reflections - have transformed comics from escapist fantasy into social commentary with voice balloons. Huntington, West Virginia: On the Fly is prime Pekar, recounting the irascible everyman’s on-the-road encounters with a cross section of characters - a career criminal turned limo-driving entrepreneur, a toy merchant obsessed with restoring a vintage diner, comic-book archivists, indie filmmakers, and children of the sixties - all of whom have stories to tell. By turns funny, poignant, and insightful, these portraits showcase a one-of-a-kind master at work, channeling the stuff of average life into genuine American art.

Paul Gravett says:
Pekar is hugely missed, but at least he lives on through his body of work, which includes several comics projects like this one, which he scripted and are now coming to fruition since his passing. Treasure them.



Liar’s Kiss
by Eric Skillman & Jhomar Soriano
Top Shelf Productions
$14.95

The publisher says:
Nick Archer isn’t much of a detective, but he’s managed to get himself one pretty sweet surveillance gig: once a week he sends a jealous millionaire the photos that prove his wife is faithful, leaving Nick plenty of free nights to spend making a liar of both himself and the client’s wife. But when the client turns up dead, his cheating wife is the prime suspect and it’s up to Nick to clear her - except Nick has an agenda of his own, and connections to this case that go deeper than anyone realizes.

Paul Gravett says:
“You know how there are two kinds of detective stories? The kind where the P.I. is at odds with the cops, and the kind where they’re working together? I was kinda hoping this could be type B…” Nick Archer’s hopes may not work out as the “unintended consequences” of this latest case gets more and more convoluted. Reading a full preview, I was much impressed by this duo’s debut collaboration. Blending Chandler-esque repartee by Skillman and classy Risso-style chiaroscuro artwork, intercut with grey-washes for flashbacks by Soriano, the pair serve up a solidly-crafted, morally ambiguous cocktail of murder, sex, betrayals and vengeance, gripping you all the way, down to its final twisted twists.



Lucille
by Ludovic Debeurme
Top Shelf Productions
$29.95

The publisher says:
After years of acclaim in Europe, graphic novelist Ludovic Debeurme makes his English-language debut with a book of quiet grace and staggering emotional power. This rich and intimate story follows two teenagers, Lucille and Arthur, as they struggle with the complex legacies inherited from their families: legacies of illness and pride, of despair and hope. Somehow two lonely misfits form an instant connection, and with the intoxicating boldness of youth, they journey together across Europe, discovering each other, discovering themselves, and hoping against all odds to make their own destiny. Lucille is more than a story about anorexia, alcoholism, and adolescence. It’s a story of love amidst tragedy, full of the halting awkwardness of life and the operatic grandeur of teenage emotion.

Paul Gravett says:
Reading an advance pdf of this 544-page French graphic novel, I was swiftly caught up by its powerful emotions. Debeurme will make many people think of Chester Brown, especially his autobiographical teenage work, perhaps with a hint of Clowes, but he is a voice of his own, using the page with a lightness of touch, removing all of the frame outlines of his panels, letting his images float unfettered on the page. At times he reminds me of old strips, often silent, in cartoon magazines, like those of H.M. Bateman. The two troubled, misunderstood adolescents, lost souls who come to trust and love each other, are gently, sympathetically portrayed: Lucille is plagued by a cold mother and body issues that lead to her starving herself, while Arthur is the son of a drunkard sailor, bitter at being expected to follow his father into working on a fishing boat and forced to inherit his father’s, and grandfather’s, name, Vladimir, and perhaps their fates as well. As often happens in our lives, pure chance can bring people together and spark a deepening relationship. As Lucille comments, “I told him I wasn’t the most normal girl he could’ve met.” Alternately narrated by the pair, their story’s texts also appear free from speech balloons or caption boxes. There are often only a couple of images per page, and the drawing modulates between harder-lined caricature and a fragile, ephemeral line that almost threatens to evaporate with a breeze, as light as Lucille dreams of being. For a story about the search for freedom, to be yourself, Debeurme’s approach makes the most of the freedom of the comics medium. Take a look here at a few preview pages. This is part one, but don’t be put off, it’s a wonderful, satisfying experience in itself to read and savour and easily one of the truly unmissable bande dessinée translations of the year.



Mirabilis: Years of Wonder
by Dave Morris & Leo Hartas
Print Media Productions
£17.99

The publisher says:
It is a little known fact of history - or myth - or both, that around the start of the twentieth century there existed a lost year. In this year, a green comet appeared in the sky. As it grew larger, things that would previously have been considered utterly fantastical began to seep into everyday life. By the height of summer, imagination and reality were so seamlessly merged that few recalled a time when the world had been otherwise. Mermaids swam in the Mediterranean. Martians commuted by train from Woking. Greek gods gave lecture tours of the United States. And with this new way of life came a whole set of problems of etiquette and decorum (see reference to mermaids). Fortunately, the solution was at hand. In the depths of the British Museum, intrepid academics Bampton ‘Bammy’ Bromfield and Cyril Clattercut had long been cataloguing accounts of the uncanny from around the world on behalf of the Royal Mythological Society. The arrival of the green comet was about to give them the busiest year of their lives.

Paul Gravett says:
Another of the highights of the late, lamented kids’ weekly The DFC, Morris & Hartas’ Mirabilis was left annoyingly hanging just as it was getting going. Following its digitalised continuation, we can now enjoy this complete print incarnation, a high-class fantasy in the best British tradition.



Miss Fury
by Tarpé Mills
IDW
$49.99

The publisher says:
Catfights and crossdressers, mad scientists and Gestapo agents with swastikas branding irons - it’s one lurid and exciting adventure after another in this lavish, full-color collection of the first female superhero to be created and drawn by a woman. Miss Fury was a sexy adventurer clad in a skin-tight panther costume. By day, she was socialite Marla Drake. By night… Miss Fury. In the first half of the 20th century, women cartoonists could be found in America’s newspapers, but Tarpe Mills was one of the few who drew adventure comics, and the only one who drew a costumed superheroine. The Miss Fury Sunday newspaper strip ran from 1941 until 1952 and had millions of readers, among them GIs who painted the beautiful action heroine on the nosecones of their bombers. Eisner- and Harvey-nominated writer and historian Trina Robbins has chosen the best Miss Fury stories for this oversized collection, which also features a biographical essay about Tarpe Mills that places her within the history of women cartoonists, and includes pages from an unpublished and unfinished Miss Fury graphic novel by Mills from 1979.

Paul Gravett says:
Trina Robbins spoke eloquently about the great Tarpé Mills at her Comica/Laydeez Do Comics talk last year and now edits this ultimate compilation of Mills’ iconic costumed heroine Miss Fury, who spread from newspaper strips into comic books from Marvel’s Golden Age incarnation, Timely. Those issues are too pricey now for most people and Miss Fury has been only sporadically reprinted since, most recently by Greg Theakston’s Pure Imagination. But this Library of American Comics edition promises colour, biographical intro and prestige hardback production. Further proof of the brilliance of women creators throughout comics history.



Obsolete
by Mikkel Sommer
Nobrow
£6.50

The publisher says:
Neglected by the government and with no heroic memories or loving family members to return to, the two weary soldiers seek solace in alcohol, drugs and nihilistic hedonism. Constantly haunted by nightmares of their recent tumultuous pasts, they desperately struggle to stay on the surface of reality. In front of a bank in Utah, armed and emotionally numbed, they step out of a car. For what would feel like a split second, one of them sees something he had never envisioned: an awakening.

Paul Gravett says:
Gosh this guy is good, and what a colour sense! Berlin-based Dane Sommer looks set to deliver one of the more sophisticated and provocative entries in Nobrow’s burgeoning but generally lighter-weight ‘17x23’ collection of 24-page comic books, building on his researches into Afghanistan and soldiers returning from the frontlines with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He opens with powerful wordless scenes of one ex-officer back home, stocked up on pills, haunted by blue-line ghosts of Afghan civilians and harming himself, taking scissors to cut up his hand. It’s good to see Nobrow taking on more content- and story-driven work, as I rather like my ‘brow’ to be furrowed occasionally! As their blog explained: “The story follows the fortunes of two men who return from war to find themselves rejected by society and let down by the system that they were dedicated to uphold, at whatever cost. Drawn in the unmistakeable, masterful style of Mr Sommers, the 17x23 comic will not only be a feast for your eyes, but an action packed exploration of the outer limits of nihilism told in a way that suggests experience in the field long past Mikkel’s years.” So a feast not only for the eyes, but for the mind and heart as well.



Tenken
by Yumiko Shirai
One Peace Books
$16.95

The publisher says:
The world has been annihilated and an evil bestial deity must be appeased. Saki, a young girl, trying to escape destiny, finds refuge in an unusual and rough line of work. But she has been chosen for an unthinkable role; a princess must be sacrificed to the monster Yamata-no-Orochi at the 50 year Tenken Festival. Can Manaka, the man who is in love with her, follow her into this abyss to save her from fate; only to discover the dark secret of the ceremony? Winner of the prestigious Japan Media Festival Arts Award this stunning work of graphic fiction takes the reader into a whole new realm. Combining Japanese mythology in a post apocalyptic setting this book presents a new style of Japanese manga. Yumiko Shirai is a self-made illustrator and author. This is her first major work in Japan and marks her US debut. It took Yumiko a total of ten years from conceptualization to completion for thiswork of visual artistry. Yumiko’s work has also appeared in various magazines, newspapers, and children’s educational books.

Paul Gravett says:
Check out the 26-page online sneak peek and you will get an idea why Yumiko Shirai caught the judges’ eyes. Her visualisation of this futureworld and its inhabitants is subtle, detailed, enhanced with texture and grey washes, making me think of Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicäa. It’s also great to see another general publisher, whose vision is ‘to provide contemporary and unseen Japanese literature to the western world’, entering the comics field.



The Bulletproof Coffin
by David Hine & Shaky Kane
Image
$17.99

The publisher says:
Relive the Golden Age of comics! The Legendary Kane and Hine return to their greatest creations! See! Coffin Fly Vs. Zombie Nam Vets! The Shield of Justice walks the Dead Beat! The Unforgiving Eye sees all, forgives nothing! Red Wraith: He’s red! He’s dead! Ramona: Buxom, Beautiful and Bound!

Paul Gravett says:
Well I couldn’t resist buying the six issues in this mini-series in their comic book or ‘floppy’ form, as this wacky yarn is so much about celebrating the trash aesthetics of pulp comic books and their seedy purveyors. But I know I’m going to be tempted by this trade compilation. David assures me that he and Shaky are preparing a sequel six-issue run of single-issue tales (title tbc - I suggested Nails in the Bulletproof Coffin), and you can meet them both as the special guests of the London Small Press & Comics Expo on Saturday March 12th. 



The Girl & The Gorilla
by Maddy Flores
Blank Slate
$10.99

The publisher says:
Aurelie is having a rough day. But her foul mood is quickly forgotten when she crosses paths with a Gorilla. Her day only gets more interesting from there! A chat with historical characters, a hunter who takes her under his wing and a forest of unusual residents. What else will she encounter? And who will save the day?

Paul Gravett says:
From this original English-language debut, I think Maddy Flores from Germany shows real promise, judging by her youth and this utterly winning fable about the role of creativity in our lives. A name to watch closely in the coming years, I am sure. Discover her now.



The Lovecraft Anthology Vol 1
adapted by various
SelfMadeHero
£12.99

The publisher says:
A graphic anthology of tales from the renowned master of the eerie. Featuring collaborations between established writers and artists as well as debut contributors, The Lovecraft Anthology Vol 1 showcases Lovecraft’s talent for the macabre. From the insidious mutations of ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’ to the mind-bending threat of ‘The Call of Cthulhu’, this collection explores themes of insanity, inherited guilt and arcane ritual to startling effect. Charting the squirming mysteries of the unknown, Lovecraft’s short stories are brought to vivid and malevolent life.

Paul Gravett says:
A stellar line-up of adaptors and illustrators, including Edgington & Culbard, Hine & Oakley. Lockwood & Stafford and D’Israeli, all wrapped in a Ben Templesmith cover, make this a superior, all-British short-story collection, sure to chill you to the marrow.


The Lychee Light Club Vol 1
by Usamaru Furuya
Vertical Inc
$16.95

The publisher says:
The Lychee Light Club is considered Usamaru Furuya’s breakthrough work. Originally designed as an experiemental project, Lychee’s themes of youthful rebellion and deus ex machina destruction, and attractive designs eventually won over a new generation of readers and critics, leading the way for Furuya to take on his many recent high profile properties. Shocking, sexy and innovative, The Lychee Light Club is at the pinnacle of modern day Japanese seinen manga.

Paul Gravett says:
I first cottoned on to Usamaru Furuya in Japanese via his Palepoli collection. You may have come across translations of this mangaka’s surreal, experimental works in Pulp and Secret Comics Japan from Viz, and now Vertical brings us his Lychee Hikari Club, written apparently by Norimizu Ameya. It seems his manga adaptation of Ningen Shikkaku, a novel by Osamu Dazai, is also lined up from Vertical this year as No Longer Human. And Furuya-san is a special guest at this May’s Toronto Comic Art Festival.



The Raven
by Lou Reed & Lorenzo Mattotti
Fantagraphics Books
$22.99

The publisher says:
In 2001 legendary rock and roller Lou Reed immersed himself in the world of one of his spiritual forefathers, Edgar Allan Poe, to produce one of his most challenging and original works: POEtry, a cycle of songs combining Poe’s prose and work set to music, which was released on 2003 on CD as The Raven. This spectacular volume adds a third dark, unique vision to the mix: The brilliant Italian cartoonist and illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti, whose vivid, abstracted and enigmatic paintings perfectly complement Reed and Poe’s haunting words.

Paul Gravett says:
Lou Reed sought out Mattotti personally for this collaborative project, expanding the Poe-inspired tracks with the Italian maestro’s majesterial macabre imagery. A reminder that Mattotti will be in London Saturday March 12th for a Comica Conversation with none other than Dave McKean. Books tickets for only £3 here.



The Rime Of The Modern Mariner
by Nick Hayes
Jonathan Cape
£18.99

The publisher says:
The Rime of the Modern Mariner recasts the shimmering horror of Coleridge’s famous story into a contemporary context. A mariner appears on a park bench and begins his tale… Cursed by an albatross he slew whilst hunting whales, the mariner and his crew find themselves stranded within the North Pacific Garbage Patch: a vast, hypoxic, slow-whirling maelstrom of plastic waste; a hidden repository for the world’s litter. Along the way, he meets various characters of our current environmental tragedy. Nick Hayes has published two collections of his short comics, Lovely Grey Day and 11 Folk Songs. He is the founding editor of Meat magazine, a periodical which has showcased new writing, comics and illustration for the last six years and won two Guardian Media awards.

Paul Gravett says:
Last week, Cape kindly sent me a finished copy of this 21st century re-imagining of the classic into an indictment of humanity’s pollution, notably via plastic, of the planet, the albatross hanging around everyone’s necks. Nick Hayes’ poetry could so easily have been lacklustre when competing with Coleridge, but the metre, rhyming and rich vocabulary work to make this a delight to read. Hayes’ forceful stanzas in craggy capitals anchor each spread, which is then divided into striking visual accompaniment. I especially admired his almost David B.-style, Oceanic native images. I found it odd though that almost every fellow member in the Mariner’s crew has an identical facial shape, long-nosed, eyebrow arched, distinguishable only by facial hair or an ear-ring. Is this an artistic weakness or a deliberate ploy, perhaps a suggestion of collective guilt? Hayes is not always that adept with body language, his cartooning chops resulting in some puzzling moments -  a giant single tear welling up, an overly foreshortened forefinger pointing accusingly - but then realism was never his goal. He is after impassioned communication and this he achieves brilliantly. It’s also a really handsome production, cloth-spined, hardback, with ribbon, in an unusually narrow format, in black and white with an appropriate second colour blue. Another Cape original British graphic novel that deserves a much wider global audience and acclaim.



The Tooth
by Cullen Bunn, Shawn Lee & Matt Kindt
Oni Press
$24.99

The publisher says:
Face front horror hounds! The greatest of ghoulish gladiators gouges a gruesome gangway through your guts in the Grand Guignol tradition. Be the first kid on your block to follow the off beat adventures of the Incredible Incisor… the Monstrous Molar… the Courageous Carnassial… as he squares off against vicious demons, hell bent sorcerers, vengeful spirits, and undead dragons.

Paul Gravett says:
After wading through listings of grim, portentous ‘Event’ comic books from The Big Two, I am starting to wonder if one of the only rich seams left to explore within the overextended superhero genre is exuberantly off-the-wall pastiche, like this bonkers outing drawn by the prolific Kindt. I’ve seen and read little of this so far but it sounds like madcap fun to me!



Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: Vol 1
Race To Death Valley

by Floyd Gottfredson
Fantagraphics Books
$29.99

The publisher says:
Today everyone knows Mickey Mouse as the cheerful ambassador of all things Disney. But back in the 1930s, Mickey gained fame as a rough-and-tumble, two-fisted epic hero - an adventurous scrapper matching wits with mobsters, kidnappers, spies, and even (gulp!) city slickers! And Mickey’s greatest feats of derring-do took place in his daily comic strip, written and drawn by one of the greatest cartoonists of the 20th century - Floyd Gottfredson. For its first quarter-century, Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse was a rip-roaring serial: the most popular cartoon-based comic of its time, a trendsetting adventure continuity aimed at both kids and grown-ups, and the foundation on which all later Disney comics grew. Rediscover the wild, unforgettable personality behind the icon.

Paul Gravett says:
If all you know of the Mouse is his anodyne mass-marketed company-mouse persona, you owe it to yourself to meet the feisty, characterful original by reading these absolute classics of American newspaper strips, lovingly restored and packaged. Every bit as essential as Fantagraphics’ Krazy Kat and Peanuts complete reprints, clear the shelves and collect the set!

Posted: February 27, 2011

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